YAZ was introduced to the United States market in 2006, and since then has been prescribed to women as a form of birth control. YAZ, Yasmin, and Ocella, which is the generic brand of YAZ and Yasmin, are different than other birth control pills as they contain synthetic progesterone called drospirenone. YAZ has also been prescribed for the treatment of premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) and to treat moderate acne in women.
Claims have been made that the drugs Yaz and Yasmin were marketed and advertised in a way that exaggerated the benefits such as acne reduction while downplaying the serious dangers associated with the drug. Approximately 100 deaths have been linked to YAZ through the severe side effects.
A study published in the British Medical Journal in October 2011, stated that users of YAZ and Yasmin experienced twice as much blood clot risk as women who continued to use the older contraceptives.
The risk of strokes, blood clots, and other serious side effects, such as uncontrollable uterine bleeding and kidney disorders are the reason more than 10,000 patients in the United States filed YAZ lawsuits against the German based manufacturer of the drug – Bayer Pharmaceuticals.
The black box warning, which is the FDA’s most serious warning, has appeared on all the YAZ and Yasmin packaging since December 2008, when the FDA panel voted in favor to strengthen the warnings on YAZ and Yasmin birth control labels.
During the YAZ clinical trials, the most common YAZ side effects were:
• Menstrual irregularities
• Nausea and/or vomiting
• Headache and/or migraine
• Weight gain
• Decreased libido
• Breast pain and tenderness
• Mood changes.
Other Health Risks
Along with the higher risk of blood clots, YAZ also puts women at a much higher risk of liver function disturbances, anaphylactic reactions, liver tumors, and changes in glucose level which can lead to diabetes, and it can worsen the symptoms of lupus.
Other side effects include:
• Pain in the calf
• Crushing chest pain or a heavy feeling
• Sudden loss of vision (may be partial or complete)
• Signs of allergic reaction such as hives, swelling of the face or throat, difficulty breathing
• Redness, tenderness, burning, itching, or peeling of skin
• Stroke – Sings of a stroke are: fainting, sudden severe or worsening of headache, vomiting, dizziness, vision or speech problems, numbness or weakness in arms, legs, or face
Some people may experience any of the above side effects while taking Yaz. If you experience any that are not listed or experience a symptom that is worrisome to you, get in touch with your family doctor.
If you do become pregnant while taking YAZ inform your doctor right away as YAZ can cause birth defects. Do not take YAZ while breastfeeding as the hormones found in YAZ can be passed through your breast milk and harm your baby. YAZ can also slow breast milk production.
Yazmin lawsuit claims by patients have now spread as far as Europe as settlements continue in the United States.
As of October 2012, Reuters has reported that 3,490 YAZ cases at a total of $750 million have been settled by Bayer. An almost similar number of cases have yet to be settled.
Did you take Yaz, Yasmin, or Orcella, and experienced a life changing side effect? If so, a Yaz injury lawyer or personal injury lawyer can help get the compensation you may be entitled to for medical expenses as well as pain and suffering.